What to Wear on Test Day (Seriously)

Posted by Alex S on 5/29/19 5:26 PM

[caption: Actually not a bad idea]

Advice for test day is easily doled out, and often hard to actually follow.

Don’t cram the night before. Sleep as much as you possibly can. Eat a real, but not heavy breakfast, with only as much caffeine as you normally have. These are your goals, at least.

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Tags: study skills, college, college admssions

Cracking the College Admissions Process, Part III: Beyond the Numbers

Posted by Sofía on 3/4/19 6:45 PM

 

Tell a story that your stats just can’t

In my previous post in this series, I explored all the quantitative components of your application: grades, test scores, the deadlines you’ll choose, and even applying for financial aid. These stats form the backbone of your application, but there are also several open-ended parts that you will need to flesh out.

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Tags: college, college admssions

Cracking the College Admissions Process, Part II: Stats, Scores, and Paperwork, Oh My!

Posted by Sofía on 2/27/19 3:38 PM

Tackling the College Application Beast

You already know that applying to college involves a bunch of moving parts, and it can be a scary process to undertake (let alone hit “submit” on!). To make it feel a bit more attainable, let’s go through it piece by piece. In this post I’ll provide an overview of decision timelines, the logistics of applying, and the major empirical components of the Common Application. Even if you’re applying somewhere that uses a different application portal, you’ll find some version of each of these components there, too. In Part III, we’ll cover the application components that will allow for a bit more storytelling and creative expression.

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Cracking the College Admissions Process, Part I: The Search and the Setup

Posted by Sofía on 2/4/19 5:52 PM

Everyone and their mother seems to have advice about college…

...but well-meaning uncles and even teachers sometimes forget how much work it is to apply to college. People talk about how exciting it is and how you’ll be taking the next step towards your future, but they don’t always mention that the process is stressful, too. Not only do you have to research the colleges you want to apply to, study for the SATs, write a personal statement essay and a bunch of supplements, fill out financial aid forms, ask teachers for letters of recommendation, and do some interviews, but you’re somehow also supposed to keep your grades up, study for AP tests, and continue with your extracurricular activities. I’m not going to lie: it’s a lot.

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Tags: college admissions, college, college admssions

How to Write A Résumé In High School

Posted by Martha C. on 1/30/19 5:16 PM

This may be the first time you're writing your own résumé, and the task can feel daunting.  You may be asking questions like: how do I write about myself?  How do I highlight my very little experience?  What is the format of a résumé?

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Tags: high school, college admssions

How to Write a Successful Personal Statement

Posted by Grace H. on 1/25/19 9:31 AM

The personal statement is an integral part of a job or school application because it showcases the applicant’s personality in an intimate way. The resume is a list of objective accomplishments and successes that the applicant has earned, but the personal statement highlights passion and aspirations that cannot be listed in simple bullet points. Although the personal statement should further boost the applicant’s strengths and qualifications for the program, it should not be a summary of the resume. A successful personal statement is one that tells a story which ties the person’s history and life events to their current desires and future goals if accepted into their applied program. Although there is no cookie cutter approach to drafting the perfect personal statement, it should be a concise essay that gives specific anecdotes leading up to your desired career path, explains why you would be a good fit in this field and ultimately demonstrates your capacity to exceed at the position you are pursuing.

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Tags: graduate admissions, college admssions

College Interviews: Dos, Don'ts, and Common Questions

Posted by Martha C. on 12/21/18 3:40 PM

Remember that the college interview is as much an opportunity for the school to learn about you as if is for you to learn about the school.  There is no right answer during an interview (it should be thought of more as a conversation); though there are some helpful things to remember when you step into your first interview.

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Writing a Thesis and Topic Sentences in your Personal Statement

Posted by Martha C. on 10/10/18 5:51 PM

Every applicant who needs to write a personal statement for their high school, college, or graduate admissions struggles with structuring their personal statement.  It is hard enough to muster the courage to brainstorm your most salient life experiences on paper; now, the most important part is structuring your personal statement with your thesis and topic sentences.

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Tags: medical school admissions, law school admissions, MBA admissions, graduate admissions, high school, college admssions

To Write a Memorable College Essay, Tell a Story

Posted by Karen on 3/28/18 5:28 PM

Essays Without Concrete Information Are Quickly Forgotten

As I regularly tell students in my AP English classes, essays full of generalizations aren’t worth the paper they are written on.  An essay that fails to include concrete examples of the concept under discussion is forgotten the moment the reader reaches the end—if, indeed, the reader gets that far. 

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Essential Components to the Personal Statement: How to Tell Your Story

Posted by Anna on 11/18/16 6:20 PM

Sharing your story in a clear, compelling way is an important skill that will come in handy for the rest of your life, from writing personal statements to presenting yourself in interviews. It’s also a skill that’s not often emphasized in high school and college English classes, where literary analysis is highly prized. How can you hone this skill?

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Tags: English, college admssions